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Richard Harig, funeral home owner, railroad conductor

April 2, 1924 – Sept. 20, 2013

Richard V. Harig, a former funeral home owner and railroad conductor, died Friday at his home in Orchard Park after a long illness. He was 89.

Mr. Harig was a lifelong resident of Western New York. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, achieving the rank of seaman first class, and was assigned as a gunner to the liberty ship Joel R. Poinsett, which broke in two in a storm in the North Atlantic in 1945.

After the war, he worked as a conductor for the New York Central Railroad for 33 years, retiring in 1985.

From 1958 to 1985, he also owned and operated Harig Funeral Home on Quaker Road, which is now the Quinn Southtown Chapel of Amigone Funeral Home.

Mr. Harig moved to Orchard Park in 1956 and was active in many community organizations. He was a founding member and first grand knight of Bishop Burke Council, Knights of Columbus, and was a past member of the Orchard Park Historical Society.

A life member of the International Association of Lions Club, he was awarded the Humanitarian Award from the Orchard Park Lions Club in 1990. He also was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church.

Mr. Harig is survived by his wife, the former Mary Ann Kick; a son, David; six daughters, Jeanette Martino, Diane Harig, Patricia Reed, Donna Huson, Lynn Harig and Jo Ann Harig; and a brother, Paul.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Nativity of Our Lord Church, 26 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park, after prayers at 9:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 6170 W. Quaker St., Orchard Park.

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